Dirty Red (Love Me with Lies #2) by Tarryn Fisher

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Dear Opportunist,

You thought you could take him from me, but you lost. Now, that he’s mine I’ll do anything to keep him. Do you doubt me? I have everything that was supposed to be yours. In case you were wondering; he doesn’t ever think about you anymore. I won’t let him go….ever.

Dirty Red

Leah Smith finally has everything she has ever wanted. Except she doesn’t. Her marriage feels more like a loan than a lifelong commitment, and the image she has worked so hard to build is fraying before her eyes. With a new role and a past full of secrets, Leah must decide how far she is willing to go to keep what she has stolen

“I have done a number of things to keep this man. I have lied and cheated. I have been sexy and meek, fierce and vulnerable. I have been everything but myself.”

I wanted to hold off reading this book since I thought it would taint my love for the first one. This part is written from the views of the person responsible for most of the drama in Caleb and Olivia’s life: Leah. Leah who’s only purpose in life is to obtain the love of Caleb Drake, under any circumstance. Leah, who’s probably one of the most selfish people I have read about. And to hear the story from her point? I really didn’t want to, but I also didn’t want to miss anything important in this series so I thought I should give it a go. And I thought I would end up not liking it at all but damn I loved this whole book. Even with all of Leah’s fucked up characteristics it still proved to be enjoyable. The author is a genius.

“Leah: ‘I thought you loved your husband.’
Olivia: ‘I love yours too.”

There are chapters where we get a trip in to the past and there’s more to discover on how Caleb and Leah met. It helps to fill some of the gaps that were left in the first part of the series. For one, what made Caleb want to start anew and why Leah took certain decisions. That woman is seriously Caleb obsessed. Everything she did, she did so she could gain his love. But I really don’t think there was anything she could do to MAKE him love her because it just doesn’t work like that. But I guess she learnt her lesson. That even with Olivia gone, Leah can’t really force Caleb to love her truly. And then she has the nerve to place the blame on Olivia!

The secrets are the best part of this book. When everything comes out in to the open and the whole situation becomes really crazy. I loved the craziness. That was one of my favourite thing about this story. Even though I don’t agree that they should have kept all those secrets, it created drama and we all love a bit of drama in our stories. And yes I do highly dislike Leah, she’s the villain after all but I also felt sorry for her because she was so damn delusional. I don’t think she should have tried that hard to keep a relationship that was built on lies, a relationship that wasn’t even real. She should have kept her self respect and walked away. And Caleb shouldn’t have stayed with her because he felt sorry for her either. Because there is no way a relationship like that lasts.

I feel extremely sorry for Estella to be stuck with a mother like that. God help that child. If she’s lucky she won’t turn out anything like her mother. And I have a feeling that Leah will turn up in the next book and go to any extent to keep Olivia and Caleb apart. I just hope she’s not successful.

“When they’re together, it’s like putting a hurricane and a tornado in the same room – you can feel the tension. I didn’t believe in the cliche of soul mates until I saw them together.”

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